Letter to Editor, 22 January 1840

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<5> I believe that all men are bound to sustane and uphold the respective Governments in which they reside while protected in their inherent and in alienable rights by the Laws of such Governments and that Sedition and rebellion are unbecoming every Citizen thus prote[c]ted and should be punished accordingly and that all Governments have a right to enact such laws ass in their own judgements are best calculated to secure the public interest at the same time <however> holding sacred the freedom of concience
<6> I believe that every man should be honoured in his station Rulers and magistrates as such being plalaced [placed] for the protection of the inocent and the punishment of the guilty and that to the Laws all men owe respect and deference as with out them peace and harmony would be supplanted by anarchy and confusion terror human Laws being instituted for the express purposs of regulating our interests as individuals and Nations between— man and man and divine laws given of heaven prescribing rules on spiritual concerns for— faith and worship both to be answered by man to his maker
<7> I believe that rulers states and and governments have a right and are bound to enact Laws for the protection of all Citizen in the free exercise of their religious belief But I do not believe that they have a right in justice to deprive Citizens of this privalege or proscribe them in their opinions so long as a regard and reverence are is Shown to the Laws and such religious opinions do not justify Sedition nor conspiracy
<8> I do not believe that the commission of crime should be punished according to the nature of the offence that murder treason Robbery theft and the breach of the general peace in all respects should be punished according to their criminalty and their tendancy to evil among men by the Laws of that Government in which the offence is committed and for the public peace and tranquility all men should step forward and use their ability in bringing the offenders aggainst good laws to justice punishment
<9> I do not believe it just to mingle religious influence with civel government whereby one reli [p. [2]]
5 I believe that all men are bound to sustane and uphold the respective Governments in which they reside while protected in their inherent and in alienable rights by the Laws of such Governments and that Sedition and rebellion are unbecoming every Citizen thus protected and should be punished accordingly and that all Governments have a right to enact such laws as in their own judgements are best calculated to secure the public interest at the same time however holding sacred the freedom of concience
6 I believe that every man should be honoured in his station Rulers and magistrates as such being plalaced placed for the protection of the inocent and the punishment of the guilty and that to the Laws all men owe respect and deference as with out them peace and harmony would be supplanted by anarchy and terror human Laws being instituted for the express purposs of regulating our interests as individuals and Nations between— man and man and divine laws given of heaven prescribing rules on spiritual concerns for— faith and worship both to be answered by man to his maker
7 I believe that rulers states and governments have a right and are bound to enact Laws for the protection of all Citizen in the free exercise of their religious belief But I do not believe that they have a right in justice to deprive Citizens of this privalege or proscribe them in their opinions so long as a regard and reverence is Shown to the Laws and such religious opinions do not justify Sedition nor conspiracy
8 I believe that the commission of crime should be punished according to the nature of the offence that murder treason Robbery theft and the breach of the general peace in all respects should be punished according to their criminalty and their tendancy to evil among men by the Laws of that Government in which the offence is committed and for the public peace and tranquility all men should step forward and use their ability in bringing offenders aggainst good laws to punishment
9 I do not believe it just to mingle religious influence with civel government whereby one reli [p. [2]]
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